Kirkpatrick wows during Alabama’s pro day

Thirty teams were in attendance for the University of Alabama’s pro day on Wednesday, with 14 players working out out indoors. The Bears and the Rams were the only two teams not in Tuscaloosa, while the GMs from the Bills, Titans and Steelers all showed up.

While high-profile players such as RB Trent Richardson and LB Courtney Upshaw did not work out, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick likely solidified himself a first-round grade with a strong performance.

Kirkpatrick (6-1 3/4, 194) stood on everything from combine. He had a very, very, very good workout. He’s already a first-round pick, I think what he did was make people realize that their evaluation was correct. I look at him as first half of the first round.

Other players who stood out Wednesday:

Joshua Chapman, DT (6-foot-9 5/8, 319 pounds) — Only got measured Wednesday because of a knee injury. He will work out March 29.

Darius Hanks, WR (5-11 3/4, 188) — Ran 4.67 and 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He had a 4.37-second short shuttle, 6.87 three-cone drill. He caught the ball well and had very good quickness in his workouts. He’s probably a third-day selection.

Dont’a Hightower, LB (6-2 1/8, 265) — Stood on his combine numbers, except he posted a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He also had a 4.68 short shuttle and a 7.55 cone drill. He worked really well. He’s one of those guys who helped himself. I view him as a high second-round pick.

Marquis Maze, WR — He stood on everything that he did at the combine. He had an individual workout that just looked OK. He’s just a guy that’s good at things but not great at anything.

DeQuan Menzie, DB (5-10 3/4, 202) — He ran 4.62- and 4.61-second 40s. He had a 6.93 cone drill (very good), and he looked good in the workout. Menzie has very good ball skills. He’s going to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick.

Brad Smelley, TE (6-2, 237) — He’s a guy we need to add. Ran 4.77- and 4.76-second 40s; also had a 9-4 broad jump, 4.49 short shuttle, 7.15 cone drill and had 13 strength lifts. He didn’t do the vertical jump. He’ll be drafted by a team that runs a west-coast offense.

Safety Mark Barron still is injured and will work out March 29, when Richardson and Upshaw are also expected to work out.

Alabama is a school the scouts love to go to for the pro day. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks to everybody there, asks if there’s any questions and makes them feel important and at home. After ‘Bama was done Wednesday, the schools had a huge barbecue dinner from Blue Ribbon BBQ — everybody likes a free lunch. When scouts leave Alabama they’re all pleased because they are treated so well.

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